Chinese National Debate Team

Top Two University Debaters from China debated NU students


On Monday April 2,

Two Chinese students visiting the US debated our students on April 2. We enjoyed a light hearted look at romance as we enjoy public speaking just for the fun of it!

Resolved: When dating we prefer a popular boy to an intelligent boy.

Chinese women YvetteZhou Zixi and Zhang Bihan


Northwest U students Abbie Price and Andee Kruse

At the end of the debate the audience voted in favor of the Chinese guests. Debate coach Gary Gillespie presented gifts to the Chinese team.
The students arrive late Sunday night April 1 and stayed with us for three days. On monday they visited classes and debate practice, then debated at a show debate. On Tuesday they enjoyed a tour of the Eastside, including a visit to the Microsoft Museum and Snoqualamie Falls.

About the Chinese

My name is Zhou Zixi, English name, Yvette, born in Jiangsu Province, and now a senior year student of Xian International Studies University, majoring in English. I am pursuing my graduate study—JD, in Peking University. Hope I could be a good lawyer after years of study. Reading, traveling, music are my hobbies, but debate ruins that.
I am a girl who hates arguing with others but love debating.
However, while debate disrupts my original life, debate also brings me a brand new one.

I read the books I never read before—I was a literature fan and now a economics and politics reader. Now I am not only concerned of my own life, but also I take an overall view to things happening in my community and around.
Debate shuts down the narrow window of my life and leads me through a grand door to the wide world of ideas.

My name is Zhang Bihan, and my hometown is in Shaanxi Province. I’m a junior student in Xi’an International Studies University. My university enjoys a pretty long and honorary history of debate, that’s also part of the reason I love debate and regard it as my favorite extra-curricular activity.

I have participated in lots of tournaments, and I do enjoy these experiences. I’ve got the first prize and the best speaker award in the twelfth IDEA-BFSU English Debate Competition, and the runner-up in the second China-Open and others. More importantly, I formed new friendship and greatly broadened my horizon. I learned the real meaning of team work and cooperation, and I appreciate the help provided by the judges and trainers. I think the debate is complicated, which makes me either excited or frustrated. But it is a rewarding experience that I would trade nothing for.

Meet the Americans


Abbie Kruse and Andee Price, top Northwest University Debaters. Here they are at the Hawaii Pacific University Pan Pacific Debate tournament in February, 2012. The team reached semi finals at the large Linfield College debate tournament in January.

Kruse is a Political Science major and Price is a Pre-med major.

Tentative Itinerary

Sunday, April 1
8:30 PM -- Chinese Arrive SeaTac airport
10:00 PM -- Arrive Northwest University

Monday, April 2

3:30 PM Visit Debate Team in Fee 7, questions and answers, practice the debate for the evening.

7:30 PM Show debate on dating in HSC 104.

Tuesday, April 3
Tour of Eastside

4:30 PM Arrive Tacoma, drop off at Marriott Hotel near University of Puget Sound, goodby

About the Northwest University Eagle Debate Team